The Power In Coming Home

The Power Of Coming Home

There really is no place like home sweet home.

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After spending a couple weeks away from home during the summertime when I would normally be home, I have been reminded of the power of coming home. In fact, arriving home has been exactly what I have been needing without me even realizing it.

Now, I'll admit - There were times when I was away where I did not really want to come home. In no way did I not want to come home to my family and friends, my bed, or home-cooked meals. However, when I am away I am where my feet are. I rarely get homesick, so when I am enjoying myself, wherever I am is where I want to be. But after returning home after my ~extended vacation~, I now remember why it is so good to come home.

Coming and being home has this feeling to it that cannot be replicated anywhere else. It brings ease, calmness, and a sense of familiarity. It's just so nice to come home and have everybody know who you are without you having to explain yourself. Being known and remembered is what makes coming home so worth it. Also knowing and remembering everything about home is what makes coming home so easy.

The power of coming home really is in the little things, though. Beyond this overwhelming sense of comfort, coming home is much simpler.

It's about driving without thinking about where you are going and still getting there, back roads and all.

It's about seeing your home friends and realizing that these are your roots. No matter the distance and time between you throughout the year.

It's about walking around your house, grabbing whatever you want from the kitchen and waking up in your own bed. And of course, hugging your mom when you wake up.

It's about a long distance relationship being reminded why the miles are so worth it and that they really disappear the second you are back together.

It's about having the freedom to run to the store, see who you want when you want, and make your own schedule (everyday).

These are just a few of the many little things that coming home has provided for me. As the hours pass, I realize more and more things that I forgot are exclusive to being home. And I feel more and more lucky.

So maybe they are right when they say that there is no place like home. Of course you can find some temporary homes on your journey, but there really is no place like your home. So, if you're home, savor the moments. And if you are still counting down the days to get home, it will be so worth it when the time comes.

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To The Girl Who Isn't Graduating On Time, It Won't Feel Any Less Amazing When You Do

Graduating is something to be proud of no matter how long it takes you.

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To the girl who isn't graduating college "on time,"

I promise, you will get there eventually, and you will walk across that graduation stage with the biggest smile on your face.

You may have a different journey than the people you grew up with, and that is OKAY. You may have some twists and turns along the way, a few too many major changes, a life change, you may have taken most of a semester off to try to figure your life out, and you're doing the best you can.

Your family and your friends don't think less of you or your accomplishments, they are proud of your determination to get your degree.

They are proud of the woman you are becoming. They don't think of you as a failure or as someone any less awesome than you are. You're getting your degree, you're making moves towards your dreams and the life that you have always wanted, so please stop beating yourself up while you see people graduating college on time and getting a job or buying a car.

Your time will come, you just keep doing what you need to do in order to get on that graduation stage.

Your path is set out for you, and you will get there with time but also with patience. The place you're at right now is where you are supposed to be. You are going to thrive and you are going to be the best version of you when you graduate and start looking for a company that you will be proud to work for. Don't look on social media and feel less than, because at least you're still working towards your degree that you are finally passionate about. You will be prepared. You will be ready once the time comes and you cross the stage, move away, and start your journey in whatever field you're going into.

Don't question yourself, and be confident in your abilities.

With love,

A girl who isn't graduating on time

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Goodbye School, Hello Real World

I'm ready for ya!

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It's starting to hit me.

I've been in school, year after year, since kindergarten. Maybe even pre-school!

Now, I'm about to graduate with my bachelors in communication and I couldn't be more proud of myself. I'll say it. I often sugarcoat it or suppress it but d*mn it. I'm going to applaud myself. It was hard work. It took a lot of motivation, determination, (caffeine), and willpower to get to where I am today. I worked my ass off.

That being said, I can't help but think... What is life without due dates? What is life like without scrambling to turn in an assignment that's due at 11:59 PM? What is life like with actual sleep? Sleep? I don't know her.

Like I keep telling my boyfriend and my parents, I don't have it all figured out. At least not right now. But I will, and I'm in no rush to land my dream job right now. If anything, I want to take a year to myself. I want to travel. I want to sleep in if I d*mn well please! I want to read as many books as I want. I want to write till my fingers fall off (OK, maybe not that).

You get the jist.

I'm free. I can do and be whatever I want. And you know what? That's terrifying.

I'm lost. I've followed this structure for so long. Now what?

I don't have all the answers yet. But for now, at least right at this very moment, I'm so thankful to have been able to receive such an amazing education. And to be able to say I'm graduating with my bachelors in communication at 21 is an accomplishment in itself.

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